Articles tagged with: HIV

Info for people just diagnosed with HIV (le français suit)

published: March, 25, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Getting the news that you are HIV positive is big, very big - (le français suit)

Info for people just diagnosed with HIV (le français suit)

Getting the news that you are HIV positive is big, very big. Even if you’ve been HIV positive for years, you likely remember what life was like during the months after receiving your diagnosis. It’s a time when some simple, but reliable information can go a long way to making it all seem a little less confusing. If you know someone who has just found out they have HIV—or maybe you just found out yourself—and you’re looking for some basic info to share with them, CATIE can help. Just

Unasked Questions

published: March, 25, 2011 Categories // Health

Megan dePutter talks about what her doctor should be asking but isn’t.

A few weeks ago I had a physical with my GP, and naturally the question of sexual activity arose. Whenever the question of sex comes up in the doctor’s office, the usual protocol is for the doctor to ask if you are taking birth control pills, and if you’re not, they will offer to prescribe them. It never fails; this is the go-to response when doctors hear “yes” to the question, “are you sexually active?” What is never, ever asked, are any of the following questions: Do you know you

Of Charts and Geekery: Following the progress of my treatment

published: March, 25, 2011 Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

Montreal HIVer Ken Monteith shows us his numbers, what they mean and how he tracks them

Of Charts and Geekery: Following the progress of my treatment

One of the biggest challenges in HIV treatment adherence is centred on how the meds can make you feel while they are doing their job on the virus within. If you have diabetes and need insulin, the effect of not having it is obviously negative, and the effect of having it is obviously positive. So what do you do when you can’t tell if your meds are working, especially if they actually come with side effects that make you feel worse? The answer I have found is to turn to a spreadsheet. But the

Danny Miller interviews Zoe E. Whitten, author of Zombie Punter, a novel about a gay zombie

published: March, 24, 2011 Categories // Features and Interviews

“As most of you know by now, I am a hardcore horror junkie! Spooks, monsters, ghouls, demons, vampires, psycho killers, whatever I love them all . . “

 . . . And right on the top of my list of favorite creepy crawlers are of course ZOMBIES! I mean who doesn't love zombies? Stumbling around, moaning, trying to eat your flesh? And there is no shortage of zombie-filled media out there. Seriously, George Romero has been making zombie movies hand-over-fist since Night of the Living Dead premiered in 1968. And for the most part zombies are pretty cookie cutter. Of course they have got more gruesome and graphic since 1968; a perfect example is

Funny how we HIVers compartmentalize our lives, isn’t it?

published: March, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy brings his three dogs out of the shadows and features them front and centre with twelve favourites from the hundreds of photos he’s taken of them.

Funny how we HIVers compartmentalize our lives, isn’t it?

Funny how we HIVers compartmentalize our lives, isn’t it? On here I’m mostly about HIV and not much else. At home, I’m anything but. True, the creeping peripheral neuropathy in my feet is a constant reminder that something is wrong with my body chemistry. But other than that, and the pills of course, which by now I could take in my sleep, I’m absolutely NOT all about the virus. I'm kind of over it.  Are you? In the grand scheme of things where we unconsciously prioritize what’s

A trip through the Himalayas, Part 3 of 3

published: March, 23, 2011 Categories // Spirituality, Travel

Devan Nambiar travels to the Vasudhara waterfalls; read about his lessons for life that came out of the trip

EDITOR’S NOTE: PART 1 & 2 LINKS ARE BELOW POST The second temple is in Badrinath, at 10,200 feet. It was easier on my breathing and my heart beat. Or maybe by then I was more acclimatized to the altitude and low oxygen. As I explored the town, I was drawn towards the sound of the water, the mighty roar of the Vasudhara waterfalls. The town had a most enchanting vibration. I felt as if I had happened upon Shangri la. The energy of the mountains and temples was out of this world, filled wi

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

published: March, 23, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King says : In the anxious world of sexuality and HIV risk, we could all use a little love and support. So, in the spirit of everyone getting the attention they deserve, allow me a moment to throw a party for HIV negative gay men.

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

HIV negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing), but rarely about what they are doing well. They have had to plod along, making the best choices they could to remain negative, fearing every blood test, and often watching friends become infected with HIV. Clearly, HIV positive people are subjected to daily stigmatization and prejudice, from the workplace to the dating pool. But this isn’t a contest. Considering this blog site is devoted to living joyfully with H

Why am I still here? Existentialism 101

published: March, 22, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

I’ve been watching a friend/colleague and mother to my former dog Buster, in palliative care, slowly slipping away

Why am I still here? Existentialism 101

I’m overdue for writing. It’s been a difficult week.  With the somewhat somber tones of my favourite French Diva Mylène Farmer’s moody collaboration with Moby as the backdrop, I’ve been watching a friend/colleague and mother to my former dog Buster, in palliative care, slowly slipping away What shouldn’t surprise me so much is that she is hanging on as she was always a scrapper. For privacy reasons I’m not going to say too much at this point.  There have been a few key p

From the front lines: an HIV prevention worker speaks

published: March, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Kevin Murphy from London, Ontario about his work, his music and how he uses music to educate youth and adults about HIV and sexual health

From the front lines: an HIV prevention worker speaks

Bob: Tell me about your job. Kevin: I’m the Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Worker at the Regional HIV AIDS Connection in London Ontario. My job includes the development of community awareness campaigns, educational and training resources, program and curriculum development for many different target populations, all of which include gay, bi and MSM (Men who have Sex with Men). I also do lot of pounding the pavement, handing out condoms and connecting with people. I do outreach at our local bathho

Unwanted same-sex attraction? There WAS an app for that - Updated March 22, 2011

published: March, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy drank the Kool-aid and tried out the ex-gay movement’s controversial new iPhone app. Hows that for dedication?

Unwanted same-sex attraction? There WAS an app for that - Updated March 22, 2011

Obviiously this was written before it was learned that the Exodus app is no longer available on the iTunes store.  Clearly my review was responsible for that removal, LOL. Now I should review the pesky Harper government and see what happpens.  ***************************************************  What I do for PositiveLIte.com.   A few weeks ago I spent $1.99 to review  that crummy Confession - A Roman Catholic app. Which yuk-inducing app, I might add, was imm

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